The names of Stanford

Jan. 12, 2024, 1:44 a.m.


Earlier this quarter, I was at a training held by the Center of Teaching and Learning (CTL). Among other things, this particular training discussed the importance of names and pronouns in building a personal connection with peers. The opening exercise was, then, to share the story behind our own names.

After listening to the responses of my peers, I grew fascinated with the topic. The outgrowth of that fascination became the piece you are reading now — the names of Stanford. Names, to be clear, are very peculiar objects. In fact, there is an entire flavor of philosophy that attempts to answer questions regarding the meaning and necessity of names, with possible resolutions found in meta-linguistic considerations.

But, setting aside the semantics, names offer a very real social snapshot into a people, a place and an era. Indeed, names, fancifully called eponyms, often bear the influence of transformative world leaders, awe-inspiring places and, as of late, even the occasional Paramount drama. Investigating names at Stanford therefore offers a unique exploration into the rich tapestry of human identity and, moreover, its intersection with academia. In this article, we take a brief look at descriptive statistics and have some fun along the way.

The Michaels of Stanford

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a couple of Stanford students had the idea of connecting every Michael on campus into a single Facebook group. And this wasn’t limited to your average Michael! Indeed, derivatives such as Miguel, Michelle or Michelangelo were also warmly embraced in this burgeoning circle of soon-to-be friends. The “Mike-all campus” was a rather short-lived group that quickly died down following the eventual return to campus. Nevertheless, it does raise at least one question of interest: Just how many Michaels are there at Stanford?

Left screenshot: Facebook Messenger interface named "Mike-all campus" shows Michael has created the group and added several members, all with variations of the name Michael. A message from Michael reads "Boys, you know what to do," followed by a thumbs-up emoji, suggesting a coordinated action or inside joke among members. The group settings indicate member approval is on, and several members have been made group admins. Right screenshot: In the same "Mike-all campus" group chat, messages exchanged discuss the inclusivity of the name "Michael." One member asks about the extent of variations of "Michael" that are allowed, including Mitchells, Michelles and Mikhails. Another member responds humorously about the inclusiveness, and a suggestion is made that more variations would make a better party, indicating a lighthearted and open discussion about who should be included in the group.
Screenshots of Mike-all campus group chat. (Courtesy of Michael Byun)


To investigate the names of Stanford, The Daily obtained a list of Stanford students and faculty from Stanford’s Google Contacts directory. We processed the data using the SpaCy Named Entity Recognizer to filter out organizations that crept in. Unfortunately, while the model has a high bar for categorizing named entities as people, it occasionally struggles to disentangle people from other entities such as organizations.

Key visualizations

Now we get to the fun part! First things first, the answer to “How many Michaels are there at Stanford?” is — drum-roll please — a staggering 531. This means that Michael tops the list of most popular names at Stanford.

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Of course, there are things to look into beyond the raw counts. For one, how long is the average name at Stanford? The answer is, it turns out, between five and six letters. It is also worth pointing out that all of the top five names are typically considered masculine names.

Or, maybe you’re wondering what the most common initials are? Upon plotting the counts, we arrive at the following. Curiously, a lot of people have names starting with A (Andrew), M (Michael), J (John) and S (Sarah). On the flip side, defying personal expectations, first names starting with U (Uma) are the least common, beating out the other obvious choices like X (Xin) and Z (Zach) by a significant margin.

Taking a look at the frequency of first names, we arrive at the following word cloud visually depicting the names of Stanford.

Michael David John Daniel Andrew Matthew Sarah James Jennifer Robert Elizabeth William Emily Thomas Michelle Maria Jessica Alex Ryan Mark Eric Peter Kevin Jonathan Christopher Laura Anna Brian Lisa Rachel Richard Paul Lauren Alexander Julia Jason Joseph Benjamin Nicole Mary Steven Andrea Nicholas Amy Susan Rebecca Hannah Karen Stephanie Stephen Joshua Amanda Katherine Chris Kelly Aaron Grace Justin Megan Sara Christine Christina Adam Emma Anthony Jacob Charles Melissa Linda Samuel Julie Ashley Catherine Katie Nancy Victoria Natalie Scott Jack Jose Samantha Sean Sophia Angela Patrick Juan Ben George Jeffrey Olivia Ethan Caroline Alexandra Ian Danielle Sam Kimberly Erin Nathan Matt Alan Ana Brandon Anne Martin Claire Kyle Jordan Zachary Maya Tyler Evan Victor Alice Kathleen Kate Diana Nick Patricia Gabriel Tiffany Jeff Kenneth Margaret Max Sebastian Dan Christian Kathryn Sharon Heather Jeremy Luis Tom Ann Elena Mike Monica Kim Timothy Edward Taylor Henry Noah Frank Philip Steve Barbara Allison Marie Tim Marc Shannon Alyssa Helen Carlos Jamie Cynthia Jane Chloe Erica Jasmine Melanie Ali Josh Jenny Alexis Charlotte Cindy Erik Joe Lucy Luke Sandra Kristen Albert Claudia Wendy Jay Alison Zoe Bryan Isabel Jesse Lily Omar Sophie Vanessa Veronica Annie Lawrence Nicolas Sofia Tina Joel Jacqueline Audrey Diego Kristin Janet Yu Douglas Gregory Ronald Tony Adrian Isabella Cameron Carolyn Donald Gabriela Tracy Vincent Austin Carol Connor Dylan Gary Jun Julian Keith Leslie Angel Caitlin Jon Robin Isaac Morgan Aditya Madison Sabrina Marco Jim Nina Bruce Irene Erika Grant Greg Wei Antonio Eva Jorge Will Andy Renee Deborah Eduardo Jerry Pamela Lucas Ruth Naomi Sydney Vivian Yi Abigail Lynn Alicia Teresa Jean Mario Mia Sonia Valerie Sergio Maggie Natasha Ricardo Daniela Diane Tara Ellen Jackson Lindsay Marina Yan Raymond Sally Colin Dana Esther Ivan Miguel Jared Joy Leah Pablo Rohan Simon Suzanne Caleb Casey Courtney Jenna Kathy Kayla Yang Oscar Paula Shreya Zach Yue Derek Serena Isabelle Joan Lori Molly Ahmed Andres Jan Roy Brenda Brendan Eli Rafael Gina Mohammad Harry Joanna Leo Liam Martha Meghan Michele Natalia Neha Spencer Brittany Lee Cole Crystal Denise Kristina Todd Elaine Rodrigo Javier Jing Joanne Kai Madeline Trevor Aditi Arjun Brooke Ken Francisco Heidi Iris Jaime Jocelyn Joyce Judy Marcus Marissa Oliver Riley Bill Bo Cecilia Debbie Donna Rahul Edwin Ella Gabrielle Jake Kelsey Miriam Neil Nora Phillip Ying Shawn Alejandro Amelia Ross Ava Brett Brianna Carrie Chen Cheryl Dennis Larry Holly Raul Fernando Gabriella Liz Mohammed Pedro Amit Aidan Chelsea Allen Arthur Beth Calvin Clara Manuel Xin Elise Jill Judith Li Nadia Roberto Shirley Virginia Amber Amir Bradley Craig Dominic Felix Muhammad Ellie Rose Jesus Jin Lara Mohamed Walter Nathaniel Ron Rui Stefan Tanya Alana Bianca Carl Connie Seth Elisa Lucia Gerald Jen Jimmy Karla Laurel Terry Ray Alberto Andre Anita Carmen Cassandra Drew Elijah Felipe Gordon Han Lin Jackie Janice Kara Lindsey Lydia Maxwell Ruben Stuart Yash Adriana Adrienne Akshay Frances Angelica Ariel Bob Camille Carolina Cathy Xiao Danny Elisabeth Eleanor Evelyn Francesca Glenn Haley Hong Jessie Karl Lea Lu Mason Meredith Mitchell Sai Roger Sylvia Stacey Theresa Yuan Abby Kumar Ariana Owen Marisa Cristina Dean Divya Paige Eileen Gloria Hunter Kristine Logan Madeleine Monique Rosa Sherry Stanley Stella Regina Ananya Blake Bryce Cesar Debra Devin Francis Erick Fiona Hao Graham Hanna Hui Ignacio Julio Karina Katelyn Lance Qian Micah Wesley Olga Ralph Rob Sandy Sasha Theodore Varun Alejandra Bernard Celeste Charlie Cheng May Georgia Howard Irina Janelle Kenny Laurie Lei Leonardo Louis Marta Michaela Stefanie Min Norman Priya Santiago Sheila Silvia Sue Tamara Tristan Abhishek Ajay Akash Alexandre Bruno Camila Christy Colleen Daisy Dawn Randall Edgar Eugene Garrett Jia Juliana Krishna Lorenzo Louise Lukas Summer Markus Maryam Pooja Rick Russell Wen Zahra Abhinav Alessandra Anjali Ashwin Xavier Cara Carla Darren Devon Travis Fabian Hans Harrison Helena Johanna Jonas Julien Lina Marianne Margarita Marilyn Matteo Mauricio Melody Nikhil Pierre Randy Rita Sierra Tomas Wilson Alissa Minh Andreas Anh Fatima Bonnie Brent Corey Dave Dhruv J. 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A human touch

While the summary statistics are a curious novelty, we want to take the space to recognize that names carry deep personal, cultural and historical significance that extends well beyond a particular string of letters. That is to say, every Michael is their own, unique person! For Yvonne Ngo, the assistant director for tutoring and student learning programs, her last name used to be a source of embarrassment and confusion. However, through the years, Yvonne would eventually gain an appreciation for the rich history surrounding her last name.

“Ngo not only signifies my heritage, but also symbolizes the hurdles my parents encountered in their youth,” she said. “It is a testament to their resilience and the complex connection between identity and history in our family story. Today, I take pride in my last name, embracing it and its influences on my identity.”

In this same spirit, the “story of your name” activity has become a key icebreaker among CTL tutors. Yvonne believes that as each person unveils the layers of meaning behind their names, we can create an inclusive space where people appreciate the diverse backgrounds that make up our community.

Beyond connecting members of our community, names also serve as key anchor points for our own identity.

“My name … means ‘the sky,’” said Akash Shah ’26. “To me, this is one of the most important aspects of my identity.”

“Metaphorically, the sky represents a lot of my personal values. As a vast, never-ending expanse of space that encompasses not only the earth, but everything we as humans can see and imagine, the sky symbolizes limitless and never-ending opportunities for growth and expansion as well as an unrestrained freedom to pursue whatever I set my heart to,” Shah said.

In essence, names are not mere labels we use to address each other, but rather symbols that have the power to connect communities and our sense of self.

Future work

In the future, we would like to look into the temporal trends concerning names at Stanford. That is to say, how has the distribution of names at Stanford changed over the past few decades? Another fun direction is to infer demographic information from the first and last names. Upon doing so, we might find that interesting patterns emerge across ethnic lines. At the very least, the United States Census Bureau seems to think this is the case. But, alas, for brevity’s sake we will end our discussion here (for now).

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